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Garden Design and Starting your Own Business Level 3

Course Code: OSC1081
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

Are you interested in starting your own gardening business? Well this bundle will give you the knowledge and skills to help you become one step closer in doing just that!

  • Enhance your knowledge of garden design principles
  • Undertake practical research into garden design
  • Study the importance of site and soil and how these factor into garden design
  • Learn the art of hard and soft landscaping
  • Learn the key steps you will need to consider when planning and creating your business to increase your chances of success and minimise risk
  • Understand how to market your business, identifying competition and setting pricing and branding strategies
  • Plan how to provide for the individual needs of customers and prepare for the obstacles and opportunities that will arise in your venture
  • Learn the most efficient ways to advertise your business and how to handle and recruit staff

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or email. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email, so help is only a click away!

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  •  Garden Design

     Level 3:

     

    Unit 1: Introduction to Garden Design
    • The purpose of garden design
    • The history of garden design
    • Key figures in garden design history
    • Different garden design styles
    Unit 2: Garden Design Principles
    • The key design principles used in garden design
    • How these key principles are interlinked
    • The elements of formal garden design
    • The elements of informal garden design
    Unit 3: The Importance of Site and Soil
    • How to appraise an existing garden
    • The key factors in site appraisal
    • How to deal with different levels within a site
    • How to plot the site on to paper
    Unit 4: Hard Landscaping
    • The purpose of hard landscaping elements
    • Five different types of hard landscaping elements
    • Five different hard landscaping materials
    • The importance of foundations in hard landscaping
    Unit 5: Soft Landscaping
    • The purpose of a planting plan and how to create one
    • How to use plants in the garden design
    • Different types of plants that can be obtained and their uses
    • Range of plants and their features
    Unit 6: Specialist Design Requirements
    • Range of problems that may exist in a garden
    • Specialist garden needs to include those of children, disabled people, low maintenance and all year round interest
    • Solutions to specialist problems
    • The need for health and safety considerations
  •  Starting Your Own

     Business Level 3:

     

    Unit 1: Preparing to Start Your Business
    • Why start your own business?
    • Character and motivation
    • Before you start: managing yourself and planning
    • Market research
    • Sales and profits
    • Competitors
    • Financial planning
    • Suppliers
    • Employing people
    • Stock and asset management
    Unit 2: Defining Your Business
    • Deciding on the form of your business (sole trader, partnership, limited company)
    • How to decide what is best for you
    • Setting goals for yourself
    Unit 3: Marketing
    • Your product or service
    • Value for money
    • Competition
    • Segmenting your market
    • Pricing
    Unit 4: Customers
    • Identifying your potential customers
    • Promoting your business
    • Before sale
    • After sale
    Unit 5: Finance
    • Understanding your business finances
    • Working with figures
    • Break-event point
    • Fixed and current assets
    • Cash flow
    • Sources of finance
    • Managing your money
    Unit 6: Your Business Plan
    • Why do you need a business plan?
    • The format and structure of your business plan
    • Yourself, your people. your values, your mission
    • Your business model
    • Your market
    • Your competition
    • Development
    • Profit forecast
    • Risks

Other Information

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed by a series of assignments which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

    Course Duration

    You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

  • Study Method

    You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you. You will also receive tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

    Course Outcomes

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive two Certificates of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

    The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

course questions & answers

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.  

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet
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  • * Not included with the online study option

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your two certificates in Garden Design Level 3 and Starting Your Own Business Level 3.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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